The American Disease Association Nutrition PrisonsTuesday, April 24, 2012
My new favorite reporter for the Carolina Journal, Sara Burrows, is covering the Diabetes Warrior case in North Carolina. I wrote about this story back in early March, in my blog post, “The ADA is a Totalitarian Arm of the State.” Writes Sara:
But this past January the state diatetics and nutrition board decided Cooksey’s blog — Diabetes-Warrior.net — violated state law. The nutritional advice Cooksey provides on the site amounts to “practicing nutrition,” the board’s director says, and in North Carolina that’s something you need a license to do.
Unless Cooksey completely rewrites his 3-year-old blog, he could be sued by the licensing board. If he loses the lawsuit and refuses to take down the blog, he could face up to 120 days in jail.
The board’s director says Cooksey has a First Amendment right to blog about his diet, but he can’t encourage others to adopt it unless the state has certified him as a dietitian or nutritionist.
Here’s another interesting view of the case on Ask a Cyber Lawyer. In my case, I give out health advice all day long, especially at the office. What exactly is the difference between using the property on which I am invited – by my employer – to engage in conversation with colleagues and answer their questions, or, publishing it on my own property, such as my blog? Or perhaps a book, where I am invited by a publisher? Indeed, this is a monopoly grab on the part of a very powerful agent of the state, the American Dietetic Association, which is changing its name to the embellished Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
Dr. Davis Brownstein, the rockstar holistic MD, recently published an article, “The ADA Wants Nutrition Prisons.” Brownstein discusses the intent on the part of the ADA to prevent anyone outside of their licensed circle from dispensing nutrition advice, with the threat of fines and/or jail for outlaw advice givers.